Friday, November 16, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving


Hello sweet blogging friends.
I know it has been a while since I 
have blogged, but I wanted to pop
in and wish everyone a Blessed
and Happy Thanksgiving.

Hugs,
donna

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Tutorial For 10 1/2 Unfinished Economy Block or Square In A Square


Hello sweet friends!
Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying
the summer?

Kim is our Queen Bee in our Sew Sweet
Bee this month and she would like to do
Christmas in July.  What a great idea.

It was hard to find a tutorial for a 10 1/2 inch
unfinished Economy Block or Square In A Square.
Sew I am happy to help. 

Now this is not my idea, this is just how I make
this block.  This block has been around forever,
it is just figuring out the measurements. lol!



You will need
Faultless Premium Starch with GOLD lid.
1 dark 5 1/2 inch square for the center.
2 light 5 1/2 inch squares
2 dark  6 1/4 inch squares.



Before you cut your squares in half spray starch
on them.  This will help prevent them from stretching
so much as you sew them.

Cut each light 5 1/2 inch squares in half.
Sew that you have 4 triangles.
Cut each dark 6 1/4 inch squares in half.
Sew that you have 4 triangles.


For your center 5 1/2 inch square fold it in half
and press it, fold it in half again and press it.
This is sew you can have a center.


Sew your first light triangle on the right side
using the pressed lines to line it up.

If you set your seams with your iron on the
dark side of the fabric it will help press it open towards
the dark side.

After you have pressed it open sew another light 
triangle to the left side of your block and press open.


I like to trim up my sides.


Your block will now look like this.

Your are ready to sew the other 2 light triangles
one on the top and  one on the bottom.


After you have all 4 sides of the light fabric all sewn on.
Place the quarter inch line of your ruler on the point of
the block and trim.
(do all 4 sides)


Your block will measure 7 1/2 inches.


To figure out the center of the dark triangle I press
the triangle in half and line it up with the point 
on the block.

You will do this on all 4 sides just like you did 
the light fabric.


You will trim your sides again so they
look like this.


After all 4 sides are sewn on you will trim them again.
Place the quarter inch line of your ruler on the point of
the block and trim.


Your block will look like this and measure
10 1/2 inches.

Hope you enjoyed making this block.  They really are 
a lot of fun to make.

You should pay Kim a visit on Instagram @kimhouselrice
she would love to hear from you.

Hugs
donna



Monday, May 21, 2018

Super Excited To Be Sewing For P&B Textiles


Good morning sweet friends! 
Hope y'all have had a wonderful weekend?

I have been skipping with sew much excitement.

I never thought a fabric company would ask
me to sew for them.  You just can not imagine how
excited I have been.

P&B Textiles sent me the sweetest fabric to
work with.

 That's My Baby by Sara Morgan for


Sew this is what I put together for them.  I just made
up my own pattern to show case the sweet fabric's, and 
of course it had to be scrappy.


I used a fat quarter bundle to make the quilt.


Here is the quilt all quilted and binded.  For the binding
I used the yellow heart print.


I used Chantilly Lace for the quilting.

My quilt measures 40 x 40.  


Instead of doing labels I embroidery on my binding
my name and the year I quilted the quilt.
For me this is much easier than sewing a label on.


The fabric's are just adorable.  Jack and Jill, 
Three Little Kittens, Little Boo Peep
 and Rock A Bye Baby.

I feel sew blessed that I am able to sew for

Hugs,
donna

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Candy and Gum Drops For Sloan All Quilted


Hello sweet friends!

The windows are open in our house and it
is sew nice.  You can hear the birds singing
and having a party.  In the back ground you
can hear the farmers on there trackers.


I got Candy and Gum Drops For Sloan all quilted,
so I wanted to share it with you.
I used a design called Sugar High to quilt it.  
The finished measurements are
54 x 65
Now for the binding, hmmm not sure what I will
use but I will wait for the right thing to come to
me.

It was a lot of fun to make.  I named it after one
of sweet great nieces.  Hope when you make this
quilt you will send me some pictures to share.

Do what you do with Love.

Hugs
donna

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Candy and Gumdrops for Sloan Almost A Finish


Hello sweet friends.

I know we all have been having
some super crazy weather.  
My sweet hubby and I have been
cleaning up our yard and getting our
flower beds and garden ready. So the
cooler weather has been wonderful to 
work outside. 



I got some sewing time in and finished 
my quilt top Candy and Gum drops for
Sloan.  



If you would like to make this quilt too, you
can find the pattern here and here.

Hope you like it and would like to make one 
too.  I would love to see your quilt.

Do all that you do with love.

Hugs
donna

Friday, March 23, 2018

Candy and Gum Drop For Sloan Part 2


Hello sweet people.
Spring has sprung and our weather has
just been beautiful.  Some of my lavender
roses are already blooming and they smell
so good.

I know some of you are still getting snow.
Hope Spring happens soon for you.


Let's get started with Part 2


Cut 1 - 6 1/2 inch square of candy fabric.

Cut 4 - 2 inch white squares.



Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on your 
2 inch white squares.

Place a white 2 inch square in each corner of 
your 6 1/2 inch square like shown in the picture.

Sew just on the outside of your line with your needle
barley touching the line.



Place the 1/4 inch line of your ruler on the stitching
line and trim.

Set your seams with your iron.

PRESS.


Cut 2 white 2 1/2 inch x 6 1/2 inch  strips.

Sew one on the top and one on the bottom.

Set your seams with your iron.

PRESS.


Cut 2 -white 2 1/2 inch x 10 1/2 inch strips.

Sew one on the left side and sew one on the right side.

Set your seams with your iron.

PRESS.


This is what your Gum Drop Block should look
like and it should measure 10 1/2 inches.

Square your blocks up so that all fit nicely
together.

These blocks are so much fun to make.  I am
alternating the candy block and the gum drop block.

Alternating blocks I am going to sew 4 across and  5
rows down.  

I will put a 2 inch red border on first
 and a 5 1/2 inch candy boarder on.

Hope these blocks are super fun for you.

I would love to see your quilt when you
are finished.

Hugs,
donna

Monday, March 19, 2018

Candy and Gum Drops For Sloan Part 1


I am back from my quilt retreat in LaGrange,
Texas.  We had a blast sewing and laughing
 until tears ran down our legs.  lol!

While I was there I worked on some blocks
for a new quilt.  Naming it after one of sweet
great nieces Sloan.  Sloan is going to be 3 next
month.  Skyler Rose and Sloan are growing so
fast and I try to spend as much time with them as
I can.  


This is fat quarter friendly and if you need a fat
quarter bundle of Candy Shop by Lecien you can 
find it here

Sew lets get started making block number 1.


To start off you will need 

One - 6 1/2 inch square of Candy Shop fabric
Two - 3 1/2 inch white squares


Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on each
white square.

Then sew just on the outside of your line with your 
needle barely touching the line.  


Place the 1/4 inch line of your ruler on your seam
and trim.  
SET your stitches with your iron.


PRESS.

Please save your half square triangles because
we are going to use them.

Please check your block and see if you need to square
it up to 6 1/2 inches.


The 2 half square triangles you saved, you are 
going to sew along the larger edge a 1/4 of an inch
 being careful  not to stretch them.


PRESS them open.


Square them up to 2 1/2 inches.
I put the diagonal line of my ruler on the top of the
 seam line and trim the right side and then top,
flip and do the same thing. This will help you get
perfect half square triangles.


Cut 2 - 2 1/2 x  6 1/2 white strips and sew them on the 
top and the bottom of your block.

Set your stitches with your iron.

PRESS.

At this point your block should measure 6 1/2 x 10 1/2.


Cut 2 - 2 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch white strips.

(use the picture as your placement)

Place a 2 1/2 inch half square triangle on the upper right
and sew to a 2 1/2 x 8 1/2 strip.

Place a 2 1/2 inch half square triangle on the lower left
and sew a 2 1/2 x 8 1/2  strip on. 

Set your stitches with your iron.

PRESS.



Sew the right side on and the left side on like shown
in the picture.

Set your stitches with your iron.

PRESS.


This is your finished block.

It should measure 10 1/2 x 10 1/2.

Hope you enjoyed making this block with me?  If you
have and questions please feel free to email me at
lavenderrose1965@gmail.com

Stay tuned on Friday March 23 I will show you Part 2.

Hope y'all have a great day and do something you love to do.

Hugs
donna